PerspectiveAtmospheric Science

Bridging the Atmospheric Divide

Science  21 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5538, pp. 2218-2219
DOI: 10.1126/science.1064467

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The mesosphere and lower thermosphere have long suffered from their inaccessibility to research balloons and satellites alike. As a result, basic knowledge about this central region of the atmosphere is limited. In his Perspective, Jarvis describes how ground-based, satellite, rocket, and modeling efforts are shedding new light on this region, which is important for detecting climate change, for understanding vertical transport processes in the atmosphere, and for aerospace technology.